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old dame whose son had taken in marriage BidM!s companion, Mdnvati. The
fickle Krishna saw and loved, and in order to gratify hi& passion undisturbed^
tssurned the husband's form. The unsuspecting "bride received him fondly to
her arms; "while the good mother was esjoined to keep dos® watch below and,
if any one came to the door pretending to be her son by no means to open to
him, but rather, if he persisted, pelt Mm with brick-bats till he ran away. So
file honest man lost his wife and got his head broken into the bargain*

After leaving the scene of this merry jest, the pilgrims pass on to Bandi-
ganw, a name commemorative of Jasoda's two-faithful domestics, Bandi and Anaa«
dij and arrive at Baladeva, with its wealthy temple dedicated in honour of that
divinity and his1 spouse, Revati Then, beyond the village of Hathaora, are the
two river landing-places, Chinta-haran, c the end of doubt/ and Brahmanda,
^creation/ ghat, Here Krishna's playmates came running to tell Jasod& that
the naughty boy had filled his mouth with mud. She took up a stick to
punish him, but he, to prove the story false, unclosed his lips and showed her
there, within the compass of his baby cheeks, the whole 'created' universe with
all its worlds and circling seas distinct Close by is the town of Mah&-ban,
famous for many incidents in Krishna's infancy, where he was rocked in the
cradle, and received his name from the great pandit Grarg, and where he put
to death Piitana and the other evil spirits whom Kansa had commissioned to
destroy him. At Goknlj on the river-bank^ are innumerable shrines and tem-
ples dedicated to the god under some one or other of his favourite titles, Madan
Mohan, MddhavaRae, Brajesvara,G-oknl-nath,Navanit-priya, and Dwaraka-nath:
and when all have been duly honoured with a visit, the weary pilgrims finally
recross fehe stream and sit dowa to rest at the point from which they started^
the Tisrant GMt} the holiest place in the holy city of Hathura.

remjOf or c&Aoaiar, three kindled specie* of acacia*   Part of It lies within the bonders of
Arna and Piparanii -, but by fax the greater part is ia Pami-ganw and is the property of the
Mahiraja of BbvatptUj who ta» frequently feeem tempted to sell the timber and convert it
into firewood. It is much to be hoped that he will always withheld his coneent from an
»CE which would destroy all the beauty of the scene and be so o^enslTe to the religions
ieatiments of his fellow Hiadfis. Here are no relics of antiquity, nor Indeed could there
be; lot both lake aad wood are aE is the khadatt or ailnriai land, which at no reiy
distent period mast hare been the bed of the Jajntrna 3 it Is still flooded by it m the rains.
Though a legend hag beea iiwented to connect tbe place with Bidha and Krishoa, the same am
originally bettered probably bore refetence to the Masasa lake on Moonf Kail£s in the Hima
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